CIES Football Observatory: Phil Foden Europe’s Most Valuable Player
Manchester City midfielder, Phil Foden, was named Europe’s most valuable player by the CIES Football Observatory. According to the organization’s research, Foden tops the list with £163.4m, followed by Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood (£152.8m) and Marcus Rashford (£136.6m).
Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, is fourth on the list and the most valuable player outside the Premier League with £133.5m. United’s playmaker Bruno Fernandes isn’t far behind with just over £132m.
The CIES estimated the transfer values by using an algorithm based on various criteria, including the players’ overall performance, age, and the economic value of their club.
21-year-old Foden excelled as Manchester City clinched the Premier League title this year, and he earned the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Foden scored three goals and made three assists which helped City reach the Champions League final. They lost the game to Chelsea on May 29 in Porto, Portugal. He has made 50 appearances for Manchester City and scored 16 goals.
Greenwood and Rashford helped United rank second in the Premier League and reach the Europa League final by scoring 12 and 21 goals, respectively. Foden and Rashford are both part of England’s Euro 2020 squad, while Greenwood had to withdraw due to injury.
Ederson Moraes from Manchester City is the most valuable goalkeeper (£53.2m), while Ruben Dias (£97.9m) tops the table for center-back. There are only three players aged 25 or over who are valued at more than £85m: Bruno Fernandes, Timo Werner, and Bernardo Silva.
England manager, Gareth Southgate, has high hopes for some of these players, especially Foden, as the Three Lions look to claim their first major tournament in over 50 years at the upcoming Euro 2020
According to former Ireland midfielder David Meyler, Foden is naturally gifted.
“England fans will be excited by him, you see how highly Pep Guardiola speaks of him, and obviously, he’s been manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and he credits Phil Foden with being one of the best youngsters he’s ever worked with,” said Meyler.